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About Comedy Playground

Comedy is the language of bridging experience, fear, and overcoming obstacles.  It is the most useful tool known to the human spirit. I began a program called Comedy Playground on a stage created in my own living room, what I like to call my “murphy stage.” A wooden plank a friend made for me, with curtains to surround it. After teaching Drama at Pilgrim school, I began developing activities around comedy, and noticed how much teens were drawn to expression through this art form. I became more and more compelled to create a place for teens to be themselves and get away from the obstacles that make life complicated, to know their opinions had such value, and to create a platform for their voices. So, my mission began to enable to share through this platform, to tap into  personal experiences, and build a program rehabilitating the human spirit through humor. Comedy brings confidence, enables, builds, achieves, and ultimately can constitute spiritual success. Comedy Playground is headquartered in Los Angeles, with culminating youth performances at The Improv, in Hollywood. Additional programs include on site programs, including adult, senior, and corporate programs.

I have taught hundreds of youth, and have brought programs into:
  • ULCA’s Writer’s Retreat
  • The American School in London
  • The Teak Fellowship in New York
  • Dozens of schools, centers, and organizations locally in Los Angeles

Comedy Playground has been in existence since 2002, and is held out of the world famous Hollywood Improv. As an actress/comedienne some of my comedy credits include: The Improv, The Comedy Store, Comedy Union, Laugh Factory, among dozens of smaller venues both in Los Angeles and New York.

SSU, Senior Stand Up is an additional program welcoming seniors ages 55+ to share their story, and has successfully piloted this program out of the amazing Hollenbeck Palms in Los Angeles. SSU continues to reach retirement communities throughout Southern California to share in the fun and the funny, because laughter is ageless, and it’s never too early or late to begin!

We each have our own story…. now it’s time to share it!

See Founder & President, Susanna Spies share as a presenter at World Muse 2016 in Bend, Oregon.

As my motto goes: “Why sit… when you can STAND UP!”